Spring is well and truly in the air, and it's time to clean out your space, your wardrobe, and your life. But have you ever considered spring cleaning your wellness habits? Just like our homes, our bodies need a good reset and refresh every now and then to keep everything running smoothly. Here are 8 steps to spring-clean your wellness habits and set yourself up for a healthy and happy hot girl spring season…
1.Start with a clean sweep
Before you can start implementing new healthy habits, it's important to clear out any unhealthy or redundant ones that may have accumulated over the winter months. Take a look at your nutrition and lifestyle and identify any habits that aren't serving you. This could include things like too much alcohol, mindless snacking, too little sleep or exercise. The first step in changing your habits and routines is to become aware of what you are currently doing. Make a list of your current habits and decide which ones are worth keeping and which ones can go in the bin.
- Set new goals
Once you've identified areas for improvement, set some goals for yourself. Make them specific, measurable, and achievable, and write them down. For example, instead of saying "I want to eat healthier," set a goal like "I will eat at least five servings of vegetables per day.” Once you have your goals take some time to identify what habits you will need to create and be consistent with in order to reach these goals.
- Stock up on fresh produce
Spring is the perfect time to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals. Try incorporating more leafy greens like spinach and kale into your diet or swap out your usual packaged grab-and-go snacks for options like fruit or nuts. Try new recipes that incorporate these fresh ingredients, like salads, stir-fries, and smoothies. Focus on what extra goodness and nutrients you can be getting into your meals instead of looking at what you need to cut back, this is a much more sustainable and positive approach to your nutrition.
- Make meal planning a priority
Planning your meals ahead of time can help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Take some time each week to plan out your meals and snacks, and make a grocery list. This will help you avoid impulse purchases and ensure that you have healthy options on hand. Meal planning does not need to be strict and inflexible, it is there to make your life easier. Take time to find a way of planning meals and preparation that works for you and your lifestyle.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking plenty of water is essential for good health, but it can be easy to forget to stay hydrated throughout the day. Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you and setting reminders on your phone to take regular drinks. If you’re not a fan of plain water, try infusing it with fresh fruits like strawberries or lemon for a refreshing twist.
- Get moving
Spring is the perfect time to start getting active again after the cooler winter months. Try incorporating more movement into your day by taking a walk during your lunch break or doing a quick yoga session in the morning. If you have trouble sticking to a workout routine, try finding a friend to work out with to help keep you accountable and make it more fun. Remember any movement is better than nothing, so even if you only have 5 minutes get out and do it.
- Prioritise sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for good health, but it can be easy to overlook. Try to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and create a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down. Avoid using bright lights and electronics before bed, and try reading a book or taking a warm bath instead.
- Make time for self-care
Taking care of yourself is essential for overall wellness. Make time for activities that help you relax and de-stress, like meditation, yoga, or a warm bath. Stress can have a negative impact on your health, so it’s important to find ways to manage it. Schedule time into your days and weeks to ensure you have designated time to fill up your cup.
Spring cleaning wellness habits can be a great way to improve your overall health, happiness and motivation. By making small changes to your habits and routines, you can start feeling better and more energised in no time. So why not start today?
Written by Harriet Lidgard
Nutritionist (BSc) & Health Coach